Ahead of The Championships, starting Monday, catch up on some of the interesting trivia and statistics from the oldest tennis tournament, considered the most prestigious in the world.
Most singles titles : Pete Sampras (1993-95, 1997-2000) and Martina Navratilova (1978-79, 1982-87, 1990).
• Wimbledon began in 1877 but the first women’s competition took place only in 1884. It had 13 entries and the final was between two sisters, Maud and Lilian Watson. Maud won and repeated the feat in 1885.
• Fred Perry was the last British player to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, in 1936.
• The first television coverage of a Wimbledon match was of one between Bunny Austin and George Rogers on 21 June 1937.
• Tim Henman became the first player to be disqualified from Wimbledon—for hitting a ballgirl in anger after missing a point, in 1995.
• In 2002, Pete Sampras lost to Switzerland’s George Bastl, ranked 145, on Court No. 2, also called the graveyard of champions. Previous champions who have lost here include John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Pat Cash, Richard Krajicek and Lleyton Hewitt. The 2002 match also happened to be Sampras’ last career match at Wimbledon.
• In 2006, Andre Agassi played his last Wimbledon match—he lost 6-7, 2-6, 4-6 to Rafael Nadal in the third round.
• In 2007, Hawk-Eye was introduced at Wimbledon.
Also See | Wimbledon in Numbers (PDF)
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